Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee is presumably running for president of the U.S. By his recent comments, one has to wonder why he’s running. Governor Romney, by his own comments, does not appear to like most Americans, thinks 47% of Americans are free loaders, wistfully wishes he were part Mexican and will not fight for international peace involving the Palestinians and Israel. He’s certainly giving President Obama a lot to discuss during their upcoming October 3 debate.
On wistfully wishing he were part Mexican, Romney said that if he was born part Mexican, he’d have a better chance of winning the presidential race. He jokingly said that:
“My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico… and had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”
Romney seems to joke that being part of a minority group would help him. Of course, he did not repeat his joke while speaking before the Hispanic Chamber of Congress. And it’s not his race that is inhibiting him in the presidential race, it’s his complete lack of any substance and details about what a Romney presidency would look like –to date.
Romney’s recent debacle recorded at a May, 2012 private fundraiser and given to Mother Jones publication by an undisclosed source, shows he believed that 47% of Americans receive a hand out from the government.
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.”
In listening to his comments, it appears as if he’s giving a flawed concession speech on why he can’t win. It also expresses his disdain for almost half Americans for what he wrongfully believes. And I hardly think that seniors who are on Medicare believe they are free loaders. And families on Medicaid with special needs children such as those with Down’s syndrome and autism, do not consider themselves to free loading victims.
And Romney approaches the international subject of peace in the Middle East which he believes is an impossibility due to the Palestinians. He won’t even bother trying to obtain international peace in the Middle East as he thinks it is “almost unthinkable”.
There’s no wonder that his campaign advisors and other GOP strategists are pointing their fingers playing the blame game. Their fingers should be pointed at Romney.
With all the Mitt Romney debacle going on, I can’t wait to see the debate on October 3. He’s certainly giving President Obama a lot of material to work with.
Four years ago, I didn’t think the GOP comments could get any worse than some made by Sarah Palin in 2008. I was wrong. I mean Saturday Night Live could not have scripted his comments any better. Romney has managed to tie with Palin for the most absurd comments. And we still have 50 days left for a tie breaker.
Washington, DC based Debbie Hines is a former prosecutor and founder of LegalSpeaks, a progressive blog on women and race in law and politics. As a legal and political commentator she has appeared in national and local media including the Michael Eric Dyson Show, NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates, RT TV, CBC- Canadian TV, NPR, XM Sirius radio, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Black Enterprise among others. She also writes for the Huffington Post and the Women’s Media Center.